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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 3, 2009 4:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: serials

To the person or persons that have been uploading serials lately -- thanks, and keep 'em coming! I'm eating this stuff up and loving it!

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 3, 2009 5:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

Glad you like them. I've got more in the pipe. I'm hoping to get Don Winslow of the Navy this weekend.

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Poster: anh Mike Date: Aug 4, 2009 1:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

Any chance of uploading the Mpeg2 (or file.vob renamed as file.mpg for these great serials? Do to the fair quality the compressed Mpeg4 usaully makes them look worse.

thanks, just asking.

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Poster: cosmicola Date: Aug 4, 2009 2:00pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

It's not likely we will see any more MPEG2 files on the Archive. They are much larger files, and take a lot longer for the contributors to upload. Other formats are much smaller file size, so my guess is that's why MPEG2 files have pretty much become a thing of the past around here.

Just a guess along with my two cents. :)

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Aug 3, 2009 11:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

Sounds good to me.

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Poster: phlogiston13 Date: Aug 3, 2009 11:42pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

love these old serials, the more the better. thanks to all those posting these gems.

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Poster: fedupwithgarbage Date: Aug 23, 2009 9:16pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

Whatever you do, please offer something better than blurry, blocky, 320x240 .mp4's or 352x240 VCD quality MPEG1's!! The "Return Of Chandu" videos are about the only ones I've downloaded from here that it looked like the person that ripped them knew what they were doing. The others, Captain American (yeah, that's the way it's titled), Green Hornet, Green Hornet Strikes Again and Flying Disc Man From Mars are all garbage and not worth downloading.

You don't have to do MPEG2 to get good quality. I've seen, and done, 640x480 Xvid .avi's (remember those?!) that were good quality, and reasonbly sized. Although I despise .mp4's, if they're done at a high enough bit rate (better than 512kb) and at least 640x480 I can convert them to .avi's without much quality loss. Ogg's are a waste of time.

Keep in mind that whatever you upload will get circulated around and around all over the internet. I'm sick and tired of downloaded the same crap videos from 50 different websites!

If you don't know how to do better than 320x240 .mp4's, .ogg's or .mpg1's then don't upload any more videos.

Thank You

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Poster: Scott Saunders Date: Aug 24, 2009 6:33am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

The latest serial additions to the archive have been de-interlaced and encoded at 1.4Mbs with multi-pass variable bit rate encoding. The smaller bit rate 512mp4s, and Oggs are derived automatically by the archive from the original source, these provide a more palatable solution for those who wish to view the video on a cell phone , iPod, or other mobile device. The mp4s and the Oggs also provides support for the HTML 5 video tag which the archive has already started to implement. Kudos to the web geniuses, at the archive, while I'm on the subject. Personally I think the archive does a excellent job with the smaller encodes. Sometimes they do get messed up but considering it's a bonus, and how much encoding they do, it's still a feat of mammoth proportions they manage to accomplish.

Speaking as someone who has posted most of the serials to archive.org, and as the one who posted the "Return of Chandu" serial. All the serials I've posted I have purchased with my own funds. On top of the financial cost, it takes me about about 17 to 15 hours, depending on the length to post a serial to the archive. This includes the encoding process, uploading, and entering the meta data for each episode after it's been uploaded.

All that being said let me say that sometimes those of us who post material to archive.org take a pretty good beating from time to time for the quality of the content we provide. There is not a single entity that works for the archive to do provide content, it's all done by volunteers, or other non-profit organizations, so please be considerate when offering "advice" or criticism to both posters like myself or the to archive.

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Poster: fedupwithgarbage Date: Aug 24, 2009 8:56am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: serials

First of all, I understand the need for small filesize, low-quality, .mp4's for those with dialup access or just want to watch it once on their ipod and then delete it. However, for those of us that might want to actually KEEP the videos or burn them to disc, the higher quality options are nice.

Secondly, having ripped many public domain VHS tapes and DVD's myself, I can appreciate the time and money involved. But I don't believe "free" or "voluntary" HAS to mean "sloppy" or "junk". Your "Return of Chandu" PROVES that it's possible to offer good quality videos. I have also downloaded excellent quality .avi's of One Step Beyond episodes from here. So I KNOW it's possible if the uploader would just take the time to do it right. I recently downloaded Mandrake the Magician from another website. Took me all day to download and when it was done I loaded up the first Chapter. 720x480 .avi that looked fantastic. The next 11 chapters were 352x240 blurry, unwatchable VCD MPEG1's! What kind of a moron does that?!

All I'm saying is that it's not too much to ask that if you're going to go to all the trouble to capture, edit, encode and upload a video, take a minute and skim through the video first. Did I de-interlace it properly? Are there jagged lines throughout? Did I IVTC it properly? Does the video jerk about and look like there are frames missing (because there ARE frames missing)? Is the audio and video in sync? And lastly, offer a good quality, at least 640x480 .avi that people can burn to a disc and watch on that set-top DVD player that doesn't play .ogg, .mkv or .mp4's instead of having to squint at their computer screen for hours.

Lastly, and this is a biggy for me, the videos that you upload here will be circulated around the internet for years to come. People will download from here and post them on every website around the world. I've even seen stuff from here on ebay!!! Unethical? Yes. But it's going to happen. I've spent an entire weekend downloading the exact same garbage video from 10 different websites searching for a good copy. It makes me furious and I'm tired of it.

It's real simple, either do it right or don't do it at all.


This post was modified by fedupwithgarbage on 2009-08-24 15:56:05